Buckle Up For Summer 2024

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Sam Rise on the Beardmobile by Plate 3

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A Socially Distanced Performance Hug for Philadelphia

The Beardmobile is a big, gay mobile performance unit, glitterfully outfitted for socially-distanced performances and political actions. Each performance is curated by a slew of amazing Philly-based artists and organizations and hosted by a rotating roster of of Beards' hosts including Eric Jaffe, Anthony Martinez-Briggs, Sam Rise, Cookie Diorio, Jess Conda, and John Jarboe.

Check back SOON for information on our Spring-Summer 2024 Season!

Land Acknowledgement

As we absorb the physical space we are in, we want to take a moment to acknowledge the history of this land and the original people of this land. While I talk about this history and share this Land Acknowledgement written by Trinity Norwood, Citizen of The Nanticoke Lenni-Lenape Nation, just take a moment to breathe, look around, and take in the surroundings. Before Philadelphia was the city we know and love today, this land was known as “Lenapehoking( Lun-nah-pay-hawk-ing)” or Land of the Lenape. The Lenape are the indigenous people of what is modern-day Pennsylvania, New Jersey, Delaware, and the southern tip of New York. Through genocide, relocations, the Indian Boarding School era, and continued systematic erasure the Lenape people have persevered and live on as modern-day sovereign nations. We recognize their legacy that has been soaked into the very ground we stand on right now. And we acknowledge the intergenerational connection to this legacy that we all share as the descendants to the immigrants of this land. Although this history is heavy, the future is filled with hope. As part of this practice of acknowledgement we will be giving 10%/or $100 (of all donations made) at Beardmobile events to We Are The Seeds, a local and national organization that celebrates and educates about contemporary Indigenous arts and culture. You can connect to their work @wearetheseeds.org.

Other websites to check out are: Indigenous Peoples Day Philly (https://ipdphilly.org/), the Nanticoke Lenni-Lenape Nation of NJ (https://nlltribe.com/), and the National Congress of the American Indian (https://www.ncai.org/)


A touring Beardmobile production.

Loretta the Lowly Bookworm doesn’t fit in anywhere. All she wants is a place where she is free to be herself! But where could that be? Enter Mo the Librarian and friends to introduce Loretta to the magical world of the library through original songs, stories, drag, glitter, and joy! Rolling to you on the Beardmobile - our truck turned stage on wheels. Made in collaboration with hip-hop collective ILL DOOTS and songcatcher Sam Rise, and featuring Lili St Queer.

CHECK IT OUT!!!! celebrates Philly's libraries as places of freedom for all families, and is recommended for bookworms aged 5-10 of all orientations, genders, and genres! Stick around for kid-friendly activities after the show. Run time: 45 minutes


The Beardmobile is made possible by the William Penn Foundation. Additional support provided by The Velocity Fund administered by Temple Contemporary at Tyler School of Art and Architecture, Temple University with generous funding from The Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts. It was built with support from the Barra Foundation and the Wyncote Foundation. Additional support also provided by Beardviewers like you.

Previously on the Beardmobile

Partner organizations and artists on the truck include: Project HOME and the Gloria Casarez Residence, Philadelphia Contemporary and Yolanda Wisher, LaNeshe Miller-White, Dain Saint, Wilma Portable Studios, Vox Populi, T-VOCE, Modero & Company, and Asian Arts Initiative.

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